From time to time, I receive the following story in an e-mail. It’s a very touching story, whether true or not, which reminds us that the present moment might be the LAST moment that we will spend with a loved one.
It’s just a reminder to make every day as good it CAN be.
“Recently overheard were a mother & daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.
Standing near the security gate, they hugged & the mother said, ‘I love you, & I wish you enough.’
The daughter replied, ‘ Mom , our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom .’
They kissed & the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see she wanted & needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy, but she welcomed me in by asking, ‘Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?’
‘Yes, I have,’ I replied. ‘Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?’.
‘I am old, & she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead & the reality is – the next trip back will be for my funeral,’ she said.
‘When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’ May I ask what that means?’
She began to smile. ‘That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.’ She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, & she smiled even more. ‘When we said, ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.’ Then turning toward me, she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory.
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive & everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
She then began to cry & walked away. “
To all of my readers, I wish you enough.
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